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Valley Dermatology

Skin Disorders

Skin disorders can significantly impact one’s overall well-being, causing discomfort and affecting both physical and emotional aspects of life. From common conditions like acne and eczema to more complex issues like psoriasis and dermatitis, these concerns can be eased with comprehensive care.

With our advanced knowledge, state-of-the-art technology and personalized approach to patient care, Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center can help you on your journey to healthier, more radiant skin.

What is a Skin Disorder?

What is a Skin Disorder?

A skin disorder, also known as a dermatological or cutaneous disorder, refers to any abnormal condition affecting the skin’s structure, function or appearance. These disorders can manifest as a wide range of conditions, including infections, inflammatory reactions, autoimmune responses, growths, discolorations and other abnormalities.

Skin disorders may affect various layers of the skin like the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue, leading to a diverse array of symptoms and visual manifestations. They can arise from a variety of factors, ranging from genetics to underlying health conditions.

What Causes Skin Disorders?

What Causes Skin Disorders?

Understanding the causes of skin disorders is crucial for effective prevention and management. Here’s a general overview of key factors contributing to the development of skin disorders:

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Common Skin Disorders

Skin disorders affect millions of individuals worldwide, but with proper treatment, symptoms can be eased and managed. Here are some of the most common skin disorders:


Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can appear on various parts of the body and may have a rough or smooth texture.


Allergic reactions can manifest on the skin as hives (urticaria) or eczema, resulting in redness, itching, and swelling. Contact dermatitis is a common allergic skin reaction caused by exposure to specific allergens.


Acne is a skin condition characterized by the presence of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It often occurs during adolescence due to hormonal changes but can persist into adulthood.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that accelerates the growth of skin cells, leading to red, scaly patches and plaques. It can affect various parts of the body and may cause discomfort.


Dandruff is a common scalp condition characterized by flaking and itching. It can be caused by various factors, including an overgrowth of yeast on the scalp.


Melasma causes brown or gray-brown patches on the face, usually due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, birth control use, or sun exposure.


Moles are common skin growths that can be flat or raised and may vary in color. While most moles are benign, changes in size, shape, or color should be monitored.


Rashes refer to changes in the skin’s color, texture, or appearance. They can be caused by various factors, including allergies, infections, or underlying medical conditions.

Eczema (Dermatitis)

Eczema is a group of inflammatory skin conditions leading to red, itchy, and swollen skin. Types include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis.


Rosacea is a chronic skin condition causing facial redness, visible blood vessels, and sometimes small, red bumps. It often affects the central face.


Scars are marks left on the skin after the healing of a wound or injury. They vary in appearance and can be raised, flat, or indented.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks, or striae, are visible lines on the skin often caused by rapid stretching of the skin, as seen during pregnancy or periods of rapid growth.

How Do You Treat Skin Disorders?

At Valley Dermatology, we address skin disorders with a tailored approach based on your specific condition and goals. Topical medications, like creams or ointments, can be prescribed to manage localized issues, with ingredients like corticosteroids, antibiotics, or retinoids targeting specific concerns. Moisturizers play a vital role in managing conditions like eczema by maintaining skin hydration.

Oral medications may be recommended for more extensive or systemic conditions, providing a comprehensive approach to treatment. Surgical interventions, including laser therapy and cryotherapy, offer targeted solutions for the removal of growths, lesions or skin abnormalities.

Patch testing is provided for allergens found in soaps, shampoos, skincare, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Skin disorders can result from a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental influences, infections, autoimmune reactions, hormonal changes, and lifestyle choices.

The contagiousness of a skin disorder depends on the specific condition. Some, like fungal infections, can be contagious, while others, like psoriasis, are not.

While not all skin disorders can be entirely prevented, there are proactive measures you can take to minimize your risk like maintaining good hygiene, protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure and getting an annual skin screening.

Why Choose Valley Dermatology for Skin Disorder Treatment?

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is your premier destination for comprehensive and compassionate dermatological care in the Pacific Northwest. Led by Dr. Scott Smith, our skilled team is dedicated to delivering top-notch medical services and ensuring an optimal patient experience. We prioritize attentive listening, addressing concerns and crafting personalized skin treatment plans.

Specializing in skin cancer treatments, including Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as cosmetic services, our experts are here to assist with concerns ranging from acne to skin disorders. Trust us for unparalleled service on your journey to healthier, beautiful skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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